Greg Inglis said his retirement is not due to mental health or injuries, the NRL great insisting he was not forced to call it quits.
South Sydney Rabbitohs and Queensland Maroons captain Inglis retired on Monday, effective immediately.
The 32-year-old star, who initially planned to hang up his boots in 2020, had been plagued by an ongoing shoulder injury amid uncertainty over his future, having missed South Sydney's past three games.
However, Inglis – a 2014 premiership winner with the Rabbitohs – asserted he retired on his own terms.
"It's not due to mental health or injuries, I just think it's the right time for me. I've been contemplating it for a while now and I've come to terms with it," Inglis, who will now work behind the scenes with the Bunnies and the NRL, told reporters.
"My dad was a legend to me and he still is and unbeknown to me he jumped on a train and turned up here this morning to be with me.
"I didn't think it was real so I punched him in the chest and he cried. That's me calling time on my career. No one else has called it. I'm happy with my decision. I get to work with the club and stay around Redfern and work with the boys and the community."
Inglis played 263 NRL games, made 32 State of Origin appearances, while he earned 39 international caps for Australia, including a Rugby League World Cup triumph in 2013.
"I just think it's time and I think it's the right decision for myself. I've come to terms with it," added Inglis, who joined South Sydney from Melbourne Storm in 2011. "There has been a lot of speculation but as of today it's official. There are no regrets.
"My team-mates are here. They didn't have to come today but that shows the care of the club. This club has given me everything, every opportunity. And my former club Melbourne Storm gave me my opportunity."
Rabbitohs head coach Wayne Bennett, who joined Souths ahead of the 2019 season, said: "He has achieved so much during his playing career and I'm sure his name will be mentioned alongside the greats of the game in our history.
"Greg will be celebrated as one of the most talented players to have played our game. I think he can have as great an impact on the next group of players as a coach and I'm looking forward to joining him on that path.
"What he has done for his clubs, for his people, for Queensland and for Australia over a long period of time has been exceptional, and today he starts to walk the next path in his career.
"One of the things that attracted me to come here was to work with Greg so the only thing I'm sad about is that I won't get to coach him.
"He has a presence. You can't say that about all players. You know what that person brings. It's hard to describe but you just know it's there and it rubs off on you and everyone in the club."
|Champions Cup final quintet nominated for European Player of the Year|
|NFL Draft 2019: How does Kyler Murray compare to QBs taken first overall?|
|Pukki, Sharp and Abraham top PFA Championship Team of the Year|
|Mourinho recharged by rest but not planning Premier League return|
|Pro14 set for brotherly battle as Jerry Sexton joins Southern Kings|
|Sometimes things I want don´t happen – Zidane cagey over futures of Navas, Courtois|
|Hamilton desperate to improve on Baku struggles|
|Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi undergoes successful surgery|
|F1 Raceweek: Hamilton and Bottas seeking historic one-two - Azerbaijan GP in numbers|
|LaLiga is the primary goal – Zidane out to end Barca´s recent dominance next term|
|NRL Opta facts: Roosters hoping to address poor ANZAC Day record|
|Ulreich: Nubel should hold off on Bayern Munich move|
|Almiron a doubt for Copa America due to hamstring injury|
|I´m still a Manchester United fan - Blind hopeful of resurgence under Solskjaer|
|Golden Knights blast ´embarrassing´ penalty call in dramatic Sharks defeat|
|Rangnick lauds RB Leipzig´s unique rise|
|Turin to host ATP Finals from 2021 to 2025|
|Chelsea manager Sarri charged by FA|
|I was just waving goodbye to them - Lillard sends Thunder packing|
|Manchester United players will have no hiding place against City - Solskjaer|
|Ortiz will not replace Miller to fight Joshua|
|United v City: De Gea, Pogba and the Red Devils´ stars in need of a ´reality check´|
|United v City: Aguero ready to shine after Old Trafford absences|
|Ferguson convinced me to take up management – Milosevic´s road to Partizan|
|United v City: Solskjaer out to correct Manchester derby record|
|United v City: Were the Red Devils too hasty to appoint Solskjaer?|
|Wheeler impresses in Mets´ win over Phillies|
|Raptors, 76ers advance as Lillard´s buzzer-beater sends Blazers through|
|Lillard´s stunning buzzer-beating three eliminates Thunder|
|Embiid: 76ers can win NBA Finals|
|Tigres UANL 0 Monterrey 1: Visitors draw first blood in Champions League final|
|Copa Libertadores Review: Cruzeiro stay perfect, Mineiro eliminated|
|Sterling reveals Van Dijk snub in favour of Kane|
|Frappart to become first female Ligue 1 referee|
|Cousins ´highly unlikely´ to return for Warriors in playoffs, says Kerr|
|Long´s Premier League record will be hard to beat – Hasenhuttl|
|Jovic to Madrid a ´real possibility´ – Eintracht director|
|NFL Draft 2019: Five overrated prospects, starting with a first-round QB|
|NFL Draft 2019: Teams with most riding on outcome|
|NFL Draft 2019: Five best first-round fits|
|Emery launches defence of Arsenal´s Mustafi|
|Valverde not bothered when Barca are crowned LaLiga champions|
|We have a chance to make change – Sterling calls for more to be done to combat racism|
|Solskjaer: Man Utd not ready to compete with City or Liverpool next season|
|Pochettino still harbours hope of Eriksen extension|
|Klopp set for Dortmund reunion in US friendly|
|49ers kicker Gould trying to force trade|
|Saracens wing Strettle to retire|
|Sevastova serves up Stuttgart bagel to oust Ostapenko|
|Man City have ´definitely not´ been offered Pogba again, insists Guardiola|
|Lucky loser Jarry shocks struggling Zverev in Barcelona|
|Guardiola rejects Solskjaer claims over City fouls|
|Deportivo Alaves 0 Barcelona 2: Alena and Suarez put champions-elect on brink of title|
|Rams pick up Goff´s fifth-year option|
|Hamburg 1 RB Leipzig 3: Poulsen and Forsberg fire visitors into DFB-Pokal final|
|Watford 1 Southampton 1: Gray cancels out Long´s record-breaking strike|
|Tottenham 1 Brighton and Hove Albion 0: Eriksen´s late stunner gives Spurs control in top-four battl|
|Long, King and the Premier League´s fastest goalscorers|
|Playing alongside Ronaldo is a pleasure, says Dybala|
|Watson ends drought as Super Kings go top|
|Southampton´s Long scores Premier League´s fastest goal|
|Seahawks reportedly send Frank Clark to Chiefs|
|AFC Champions League Review: Giovinco strike earns 10-man Al-Hilal win|
|Messi benched for Deportivo Alaves v Barcelona|
|Alexander-Arnold happy to support United in Manchester derby|
|Hudson-Odoi to have surgery on ruptured Achilles tendon|
|NFL Draft 2019 Big Board: Murray & Bosa the top prospects|
|ATP to decide on Gimelstob future following sentencing|
|F1 Raceweek: Ferrari looking to kick-start season with SF90 updates in Baku|
|Gattuso rejects surprise Newcastle links|